Natural gas price hike denied after rumours spark panic buying

People queue up outside a gas station to buy natural gas in Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu province. Photo: AFP

Authorities denied rumours of a nationwide hike in natural gas prices after long queues were seen outside natural gas selling stations in a number of cities across China.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 8:28pm 1 comment

Twitter user alleged to be behind Chavez rumours has home raided

Venezuelan intelligence officers have raided the home of a Twitter user suspected of spreading rumours about the health of President Hugo Chavez.

The alleged microblogger, Federico Medina Ravell, is the cousin of a prominent opposition figure, prompting concerns that a lengthy "information war" between the government and its opponents could be escalating.

10 Jan 2013 - 5:09am

Briefs, December 27, 2012

Myanmar President Thein Sein addresses to government department officials in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar's president has voiced rare public criticism of his government, saying rampant corruption, bribery and inefficiency were getting in the way of the country's much-touted reform process. 

11 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

1,000 'Doomsday cult' members arrested on mainland

Mainland police have arrested nearly 1,000 people in the crackdown on a Christian sect that spread doomsday rumours and targeted communist rule, state media said ahead of the supposedly Mayan-foretold apocalypse.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:54am 1 comment

In China, panic buyers prepare for the end of the world

Survival pods made by farmer Liu Qiyuana are airtight spheres with varying interiors contain oxygen tanks and seatbelts with space for around 14 people, and are designed to remain upright when in water. Photo: AFP

Candles are suddenly a hot commodity in Longchang county, Neijiang city.

Panic buyers seeking candles and matches have been flowing into Luo Huanlin's small grocery near the county government headquarters ever since a rumour began circulating that a three-day blackout would strike on December 21, the date on which some people believe the world will end.

14 Dec 2012 - 9:50am